eBook Search Tips on Health Topics of Interest

eBook Search Tips

Forty-four percent of public library researchers are seeking health information, according to the Pew Internet & American Life Project. Some of those users may even be looking to try out a new diet.

Patrons will be on the hunt for reliable, authoritative information. They will likely have heard about trendy diets from friends or on the Internet. One diet that is increasing in popularity is the ketogenic diet. A diet that limits the amount of carbohydrates a person intakes in a day to stimulate weight loss and other health benefits. A GVRL search is a great place to find out what’s involved.

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Authoritative Medical Information that Makes House Calls

Posted on June 21, 2016

According to Scientific American, three of the top five Google “What is…?” searches in 2014 were health-related searches – continuing a longstanding trend of medical issues topping Internet inquiries. People want health information. And they want it immediately, from home, on the go, in the office, or wherever they are.

The Internet is a tempting and quick source of information – and also a rich source of misinformation. Without authoritative information, people in your community are susceptible to falling prey to bad medical practices. Or overwhelmed by inaccessible terms that confuse more than enlighten.

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The Secrets to Healthy (Senior) Living

Posted on June 15, 2016

“All would live long, but none would be old,” Benjamin Franklin.

The facts are startling:

  • Every day, 8,000 people in the US turn 65 years old, according to AARP.
  • By 2030, 20% of the US population will be 65 or older.*
  • In the 20th century, the average lifespan in the US increased by more than 30 years.**

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Demystifying Prescription Drugs

Posted on June 6, 2016

Note to librarians: if you have this title, you may want to share this blog post with your patrons. (Be sure to link it to your GVRL collection.) And if you want to learn more about this title, request a free trial today! Our eBook Specialists are always available to help you fill gaps in your nonfiction eBook collection. Learn more about customizing your collections to meet patron needs.

pdrugsWith some 50% of the US population using at least one prescription drug at any given time, it’s safe to say most of us need more information about prescriptions at some point. But where can you turn when you have questions? Especially late at night, or when you don’t have time for a phone call or a drug store visit?

Now you can find comprehensive consumer information about 300 commonly prescribed medications (including vaccinations) written in highly understandable language by qualified pharmacists, physicians, nurses, and other health professionals. With Gale Encyclopedia of Prescription Drugs, you’ll find a general description of the medication, plus detailed information about each drug’s purpose, recommended dosage, precautions, side effects, and drug and food interactions. And because it’s an eBook, you can access it any time, anywhere, and on nearly any device – making it easy to find information at odd hours or remote locations.

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Show Your Furry Friend Some Love with

National Hug Your Cat Day, June 4th!

Posted June 3, 2016

By Tara Blair

What a purr-fect day to show your best friend some love and affection with a big hug. June 4th marks Hug Your Cat Day, a day where cat owners everywhere can rejoice and squeeze their furry buddies until the sun goes down. But, hugging your whiskered pal is just the tip of the iceberg. At Gale, we took a deeper look into how hugging improves your mind, body, and soul.

Save your catnap for later and read what we found!

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Stand Up for Patrons Seeking Cancer Information

Posted on May 16, 2016

Each year, about 14 million people around the world learn they have cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. But with improved screening and treatment methods, many now survive the once-deadly diagnosis when they connect with information and health providers who can support their treatment.

Does your library have the resources cancer patients in your community and their family members need?

Treatments, therapies, care, and more

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Life Coach, Anyone? Self-Guided, Online Support for Better Living

Life and Career Skills eBooks for young adults

Achieving personal and professional excellence doesn’t “just happen” for most people. Success typically results from persistence and guidance.  For some, turning to a life coach is useful – receiving personal assistance with decision-making and skills acquisition. But with rates averaging $100 to $300 per hour, that service is out of reach for most young adults.

But hiring a professional isn’t the only path. With new resources from Gale, those eager for coaching can find help at the library.  (In fact, at YOUR library!)

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It’s Always Time to Love Thy Own Heart

By Jacqueline Longe

This winter has seen record lows with artic freezes, seas turned red by the blood of 21 Egyptians, a measles outbreak, viable threats of terrorism in malls across America, and a whole host of other things to make even the warmest of hearts turn cold.

Despite reason for melancholy, there is focus on one matter that we can all rally around—heart health. Though the leading cause of death in the United States and worldwide is heart disease, this month facing such a fact and doing something about it on a personal level is a step toward optimum health. That warms the heart.

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Whipping Up the Right Mix of Cooking Resources

Sushi.  Cupcakes.  Acai.  Paleo.  Kale.  Hot food trends never end.  And neither do peoples’ interests in cooking for their friends and family.  But many want to look beyond Pinterest and popular websites to learn new skills and take a fresh look at culinary arts.

Members of your community are hungry for resources to help them develop their cooking skills and repertoire.

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Life Coach, Anyone? Self-Guided, Online Support for Better Living

By Tina Creguer 

Achieving personal and professional excellence doesn’t “just happen” for most people. Success typically results from persistence and guidance. For some, turning to a life coach is useful – receiving personal assistance with decision-making and skills acquisition. But with rates averaging $100 to $300 per hour, that service is out of reach for most young adults.

But hiring a professional isn’t the only path. With new resources from Gale, those eager for coaching can find help at the library. (In fact, at YOUR library!)

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